The Alumni Association hosts an online photo competition

Have you always wanted to be a pirate? Now is your chance to at least pose as one, by participating in the Millersville University Alumni Photo contest.

In an effort to connect with alumni using social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, the Millersville University Alumni Association (MUAA) will be holding a photo contest on their Facebook fan page until May 15, 2010.

Alumni and current students are asked to participate by sending photos of themselves wearing an eye patch.

There are several categories within the competition, including cutest baby marauder, best school pride, most creative, best family of marauders, oldest marauder, most marauders in photo, and marauder wedding photo. Photos can be submitted by simply posting a photo on the fan page wall with the category attached to the photo, the MUAA will then move your photo to the appropriate category.

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Once submitted, fans of the alumni page can vote on the best photo. The photo with the most votes wins a $100 gift certificate to the school store.

The winner for each category, as well as the grand prize winner, will have their photo appear in an issue of the Review.

“This contest is an effort to gain more awareness of our Facebook fan page and stir up some marauder pride,” said Marah Harbe, the Assistant to the Director of Alumni Service. “We also want to get more current students involved with the Alumni Association.”

This year, the Alumni Association has created the Technology Committee. This committee is responsible for finding new technologies that can be used to engage alumni with their university.

John Held, the committee chair of the Technology Committee came up with the contest idea while traveling to a wedding with his fellow marauders.

“Weddings are always an opportunity to take some group alumni photos, why not spice it up with an eye patch to show that marauder pride?” Harbe said.

The contest is open to anyone for voting. To vote, comment on the photo that you like. Only one vote per person will count. You can find the alumni fan page by typing Official Millersville University Alumni Page in your Facebook search. “If you don’t submit a photo, at least come and check out the page or become a fan, students are future alumni,” Harbe said.